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Entertainment District Overlay Zone Passed First Reading

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Charleston is one step closer to having a midnight shutter on new bars and restaurants in the downtown area. The ordinance to stop future businesses from selling alcohol past 12:00 a.m. went up for a first reading last night and was met with a 12-1 vote. Councilman Dean Riegel opposed the legislation, stating, during the deliberation, that he thought the measure needed more input from the food and beverage community.

Many are concerned this will affect current watering holes, as the wording in the ordinance is a bit vague, but Mayor Joseph P. Riley reiterated that only new establishments will fall under the law. There are two more readings and a public hearing before this becomes a reality. Those concerned with the legislation should contact their local City Council member.
· Proposal for Bars/Restaurants to Halt Booze Early [-ECHS-]
· Mayor Riley, Chief Mullen want to close new bars, restaurants at midnight [CP]
· Charleston City Council [Official]

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